Bromley Borough Local History Society

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A summary of items discussed at our meeting on Monday 14th May 2018

At a meeting held on 14th May 2018 the Chairman welcomed new Committee member Ruth Bennett. The first item for discussion was the impact of the new General Data Protection Regulation. A revised membership form was discussed and members asked to provide any comments or suggestions as soon as possible. Tony confirmed he was currently reviewing the Membership list to ensure old names were removed.

In response to a request, Michael Rawcliffe bravely agreed to speak to 80 Year six children at Scotts Park school while Elaine was thanked for organising the Mayor’s attendance at our AGM. It was agreed that an additional Family Membership category should be introduced as one step to encourage younger people to join the Society.

The organisation of meetings was discussed again and it was agreed try a more welcoming approach. The option might be taken to have a mid-session coffee break. Max undertook to look into getting a new Society sign to replace the present broken one. Also raised again was the question of a suitable Society store and the Chairman undertook to try and contact the organisation now running the Priory in Orpington which has now started to let space. Michael Marriott confirmed he had a full programme to the end of the year but would welcome suggestions for 2019.

The need for an up to date picture display for showing at events was discussed and it was agreed a small number of Committee members would meet the following weeks to select appropriate photographs and make them suitable for exhibition. If possible this they should be available for Keston Countryside Day or, if not, for the Big O festival in Orpington in July. Ruth revealed she was heavily involved in organising events to mark 50 years since the death of Richmal Crompton..

The magazine editor asked Committee members to encourage new contributors and said she was continuing to compile a list of “Bromley Famous” which she will circulate for comment. There was some discussion of the parameters to be used and it was agreed that social contribution rather than notoriety should be the guideline.

Because of the physical effort of moving large numbers of books about each month, John has decided to get rid of his existing stock after the July meeting and apply stricter criteria in selecting replacements. He also wanted an updated figure on supplies of our own publications held by various members of the Committee.

Next meeting to be held on Tuesday 11th September. If any Members have issues they would like to raise, or would like to attend the meeting, please let a Committee member know in advance.

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